C3-Alps

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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: C3-Alps: Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alpine Space

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme

Subject

Adaptation to climate change

Schedule and project consortium

Schedule

01.01.2012 – 31.12.2014

Project consortium

Description

Building on the results of previous projects and initiatives on adaptation to climate change in the Alps, C3-Alps seeks to synthesize, transfer, and implement in policy and practice the best available adaptation knowledge. By applying a knowledge transfer concept driven by the information and communication needs of target groups, the project optimizes the usability of available knowledge resources in an attempt to bridge the gap between the generation of adaptation knowledge and its application in real-world decision-making.

C3-Alps supports bottom-up adaptation measures in Alpine regions and municipalities, contributes to the implementation of national adaptation strategies, and disseminates Alpine adaptation capital within the Alpine community and beyond.

Problems to be addressed

  • Adaptation to climate change from the perspective of various sectors, including water management, forestry, natural hazard management, spatial planning, transport infrastructure, tourism and lake management.
  • Need for cross-cutting adaptation strategies that are harmonized across sectors, customized to the user needs of target groups and tailored to the specific adaptation challenges of different Alpine territories.
  • Need for building a solid knowledge base, integrating adaptation into key policy areas, developing regional adaptation strategies, and ensuring coherency across different sectors and levels governance.
  • Awareness and positive use of existing adaptation knowledge.

Objectives

The project's main objectives are:

  • Preparing a state-of-the-art synthesized knowledge base on climate change and adaptation in the Alps, tailored to the specific needs of decision-makers
  • Providing customized adaptation tools and action portfolios, harmonized across sectors
  • Effective transfer and communication of information to target groups
  • Analysing the performance of existing adaptation policies and the science-policy chain in Alpine countries and providing options for enhancing policy effectiveness
  • Informing, initiating, supporting, and implementing adaptation processes, strategies, action plans and measures in pilot regions and municipalities.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Adaptation Policy & Governance
  • Knowledge Transfer & Communication
  • Adaptation Synthesis Knowledge Inventory
  • Pilot Capitalisation Activities

Main results

  • Synthesis Knowledge Base.
  • Climate Adaptation Web Platform and master plan.
  • Guidelines on communication strategies, manual on teaching and communication of adaptation issues.
  • Performance assessment and enhancement of adaptation policies, governance systems and the science-policy chains.
  • Adaptation of service packages for municipalities.
  • Adaption of knowledge, strategies, and action plans.
  • Decision support in pilot regions and municipalities.
  • Permanent transnational platform (on-going after project end).

Outputs developed by the project

The C3-Alps project is a running project, therefore most outputs are not published yet. As soon as they are available, they will be integratet in the CESBA Wiki.

The following outputs are currently ready for downloading (download at www.c3alps.eu) :

Adaptation Policy and Governance:


Communication and Knowledge Transfer

  • Overcoming Communication Challenges
  • Key Messages for Climate Change Adaptation in Still and Moving Images
  • Survey on Climate Change Adaptation

Information and Dissemination

  • Project flyers in Alpine languages
  • Presentations from events and conferences
  • Posters
  • Meeting reports
  • News, media and press items
  • Online recources

Press Kit

Uncovered expected needs

There is an adversity to find a right strategy of dissemination for target groups

Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

Overall project strengths:

  • Cross-sectorial outputs
  • Clear target group-oriented usability of the final products

Special strenghts of the CLISP TPS are:

  • Majority of partners have benefited from various possibilities of exchange
  • High value of cross border/transnational exchange (peer to peer)
  • Stimulus for self reflection
  • Science: practice exchange important for matching generated knowledge and its usability in the “real world”
  • Human based Knowledge Transfer (process character)
  • Very comprehensive (large collection of options and recommendations for actions)
  • Highly valued as bottom up developed product with practice orientation and scientific basis[1]

Project weaknesses

Overall project weaknesses:

  • Coordination of large number of partner institutions.
  • Too ambitious objectives.

Special weaknesses of the CLISP TPS were:

  • Lack of obligation and responsibility after completion of the project
  • There is no transnational institution responsible for spatial planning
  • Too many compromises
  • Lack of precise/visualised definitions of measures
  • Language (only English as a hindering factor)
  • Unsatisfactory project management (Delays, decision pocesses towards the end lacking participation)
  • Effectiveness low as no dedicated follow-up process[1]

Contact and homepage

Umweltbundesamt GmbH, Abteilung Umweltfolgenabschätzung & Klimawandel /

Environment Agency Austria, Environmental Impact Assessment & Climate Change

Jochen Bürgel

E-Mail: jochen.buergel@umweltbundesamt.at

Tel.: +43 (0)1 31304-5962

Project homepage

References

  1. a b Presentation on C3-Alps project evaluation during LP Seminar Munich, March 2014: http://www.alpine-space.eu/fileadmin/media/LP_Seminars/8th_LP_Seminar_03.2014/C3-Alps_ASP-LP-Meeting_Munich_PPT-UBA_02_100314.pdf

2.ViSiBLE report identification of successes and common challenges of EU-funded projects (2014)